Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find a total of 51 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

Singapore: The Crazy, Rich Rubber City-State

Global Financial Data has the most extensive database on historical stocks available anywhere.  In particular, we have collected data on stocks that listed on the London Stock Exchange from the 1600 read more..

The Hatry Group Collapse Much Ado About Nothing

Though few people have heard about the collapse of the Hatry Group of companies in September 1929, some people have claimed that it triggered the New York stock market crash of October 1929 and read more..

The Fifth Financial Era: Singularity

Global Financial Data has produced indices that cover global markets from 1601 until 2018.  In organizing this data, we have discovered that the history of the stock market over the past 400 years c read more..

An Index for the First Two Centuries of Stock Markets

Global Financial Data has produced indices that cover global markets from 1601 until 1815 as a first step toward creating a World Index that provides data on equities from 1601 until 2018.  As we ha read more..

The Five Eras of Financial Markets

  Global Financial Data has produced indices that cover global markets from 1601 until 2018.  In organizing this data, we have discovered that the history of the stock market over the past 4 read more..

Global Financial Data’s 100-share United States Stock Index

GFD's 100-share Index Existing calculations of long-term stock market returns in the United States are based upon four primary sources: Smith and Cole (1803-1862), Macaulay (1857-1871) Cowles (1871-1... read more..

World War 1 and Global Stock Markets

This month the world is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I which officially ended at 11 am on November 11, 1918.  Few people, however, have talked about the impact of the Great read more..

A Billion Dollars Just Ain’t What It Used to Be

There are several people who have lost over $1 billion in the markets, with two people, Bruno Iksil and Howie Hubler alleged to have lost $9 billion, but I know of only one person who managed to los read more..

Ticker Mnemonics in the Global Financial Database

One of the questions I hear from customers is how to find a particular file among the 150,000 files that are included in the GFDatabase. Is there any shortcut or rule of thumb I can use to find the read more..

The Company That Paid Dividends in Bars of Gold and Silver

We recently wrote a blog on Tom Moore’s Distillery which along with Park and Tilford and the National Distillers Products Corp. paid dividends in whiskey to their shareholders. Companies are not req read more..

Sears: The Amazon of the Twentieth Century

Sears Holding Co. filed for protection under Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 15, 2018 to avoid a $134 million debt payment.  Thus, an American icon which issued its first catalog in 1887 and opened read more..

Moore Whiskey Dividends

Although most dividends are paid in cash, companies are free to provide their shareholders with any type of dividend they want, including shares of stock or dividends in kind.  Although the people o read more..

Communications or Telecommunications?

S&P Global and MSCI are making some major changes in the GICS sectors which will be enacted at the end of September.  Under the old GICS, Telecommunications was one of the 11 GICS sectors which read more..

Global Financial Data Adds Thousands of Series on Tariffs

With Jack Ma predicting that the trade wars between the United States and China could go on for another 20 years, Global Financial Data has added data on tariffs so our customers can analyze tariffs read more..

The First and the Greatest: The Rise and Fall of the United East India Company

The Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), or the United East India Company, was not only the first multinational corporation to exist, but also probably the largest corporation in size in histor read more..

Quandries over Corporate Actions at Global Financial Data

Because of the breadth of data that Global Financial Data provides in its UK and US Stock Database, providing data from 1601 to 2018, GFD runs into problems of coverage that no other database encoun read more..

GFD Sector and Industry Classification System Revised

Global Financial Data has revised its sector and industry classification system and has added comparison with the GICS and SIC classification system to help users understand the differences between th... read more..

Taylor’s Golden Rule of Stock Market Size Indices

Global Financial Data has collected extensive data on stocks from the United States and the United Kingdom covering over 400 years.  With this, GFD plans to generate indices that cover the history of ... read more..

DOW Chemical vs du Pont: Which Was the Better Investment?

  On September 1, 2017 two of the giants of the chemical industry, Dow Chemical Corp. and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. merged to form DowDuPont Inc.  The new corporation is a holding c read more..

The S&P Composite Before 1957

When Standard and Poor’s introduced the S&P 500 index in March 1957, it revolutionized the index world and created a benchmark for the stock market that is still used today. The original S&P read more..

Three Centuries of Canadian Leadership

Canada has an interesting stock market history because in addition to its stock exchanges in Montreal and Toronto, shares in Canadian companies also traded in London and New York. Canada was a British... read more..

How Britain Built the Modern World

In previous articles, we have traced the growth in the market capitalization of shares in the world back to 1900 and in the United States back to 1791. This article traces the trends in both the mar read more..

Abraham Lincoln Unites the East and the West

Many people believe that Abraham Lincoln was the greatest President of the United States. Not only did his steadfast leadership help the United States to survive the Civil War, but as President he pur... read more..

The Rise of Asian Stock Markets

Dow Jones announced that General Electric (GE) will be removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and replaced by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. The reason provided for removing GE was its l read more..

War or Peace?

Many investors are showing an interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) funds because some researchers believe that these types of funds may offer long-term performance advantages over read more..

General Electric: The Fallen Giant

The graph below illustrates the history of global stock markets by capitalization from 1900 to 2018. The graph uses the World Federation of Exchanges definitions and divides the world into three gro read more..

The Bank Bubble of 1929

When people talk about the stock market crash of 1929 and the 90% decline in U.S. stocks between 1929 and 1933, most of the focus of this rollercoaster ride falls on the industrial stocks, such a read more..

Global Stock Markets Struggle for Survival

Global Financial Data has put together several data series that enable us to track the capitalization of the world’s major stock markets from 1900 to 2018. With this data, we have calculated the glo read more..

United States Stock Market Indices Revised

Global Financial Data has made major revisions to three of its popular indices, the Dow Jones Transport Average, the S&P 500 Composite and the S&P 500 Composite Total Return Index. Global F read more..

Data for Amsterdam Stocks from the 1600s and 1700s Added to GFD

The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest in the world. It was established in 1602 by the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) to aide in the trading of shares in the compan read more..

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